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Faith is a pre-requisite for us to receive any favor from God and this faith is a gift and a virtue that enables us to put our whole trust, dependence and belief in God and what He has revealed. Do you think there is anyway God is testing your faith? Please do not fail the test. Let us continue to seek the face of God.

This week begins with Name Tag Sunday, then the RCIA inquiry session, the Rosary and Divine Mercy Devotions, Eucharistic Adoration, Welcome committee potluck, Spanish Women’s Ministry, Directory photo sessions, Women’s Guild meeting, Baptism seminar, Confession, Spanish Bible Study, St. Vincent food distribution, and Adult Faith formation with Gloria.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – RCIA. Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith? Join the group Sundays after the 9 a.m. Mass in the Youth Room beginning this week for a low key- no pressure inquiry into our Catholic Faith.

The Bible Study at the home of the Boyd family continues through the summer each Wednesday evening.

The Fourth of July Celebration will be 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday for a Rib Cook- Out at the Don Herman amphitheater located behind the Church. There will be great food, music and games for the kids. RSVP by calling Deacon Gil at 749-2820 or the parish office at 749- 3324 for planning purposes.

Join the parish in celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Fr. John Struzzo’s Ordination on Saturday, July 11 after the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the parish hall. More details to follow.

There are still a few unfilled photo time slots for the parish directory. You may schedule your portrait session at the St. Stephen Website ( and click “Portrait Sign-Up.” Or sign up at the Welcome table after Mass. The parish needs 15 minutes of your time; smiles on your faces and you have helped create a new directory.

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Vacation Bible School at Pauma Valley Church starts Monday, July 20th, and runs through Friday, July 24th. This years theme is “Kingdom of the Son-A Prayer Safari” and is open for 3 thru 13 year olds. (Older kids are welcome to help out!) This FREE event includes Snacks, T-Shirts, Crafts, Music and Games. For more information, go to, or call 760-742-3551.

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Passion for God, compassion for others. Ridgeview Church is “the church for people who don’t do church.” Cool people, eclectic music, and sermons that are entertaining, thought-provoking and rarely boring.

Ridgeview Church is a great place to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, and help discover God’s plan for your life. From home Bible study groups to youth events to preschool, there’s something for everyone of every age at Ridgeview. Call 760-751-9890 or go to for further information.

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At Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, Pastor Matt Helfrich leads participants in celebration of God’s love for us and His grace at our Divine Worship Service. Worship services are held each Sundays at 9 am and few true a Children’s Message and Children’s Church. The highlight of worship is Jesus’ gift of Holy Communion. During a break before Bible study, participants enjoy fellowship time with refreshments and coffee.

On Saturday, July 18th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the community is invited to LOV’s annual rummage sale. They will supply many interesting second-hand goods, such as dishes, kitchen goods, tools, toys, furniture and accessories and and equipment (in working order).

Tuesday, July 21st, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. they are putting together the fifth Bingo & Lunch. They suggest a donation of $5 to help us cover the cost of food. There are prizes for the winners. Everybody who participates has a lot of fun and laughs. Everyone in the community is welcome. And the event gives us all the chance to bring friends and get acquainted with new people. Call CHERYL at 619- 885-5033, no later than Friday, July 17th, if you plan to attend.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is developed around the theme of “SonSpark Labs”. VBS is scheduled to launch on Monday, July 27th through Friday, July 31st. The staff is busy planning an unforgettable week for your children, ages 4 through 11, doing experiments, singing about Jesus and finding out about Him in the Bible, constructing scientific crafts, participating in fitness and game playing moves, learning about nutrition facts and eating good food snacks. Cost is $20. Some Scholarships are available. For more information, or to reserve your place, call Kathleen Felty: 760-749-3554.

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